As our journey turned South, we experienced the gorgeous beaches of Mirissa, the historic Dutch fort of Galle, and the bustling city of Colombo. This was when we really hit our vacation groove (most of us had gotten through our jet lag by then) and we started enjoying more evenings out together, taking in as much of Sri Lanka as we could in the time we had.
Galle, which is a beautiful Dutch colonial town
Sunset from the ramparts of the Dutch fort in Galle
This is how all of Colombo felt to me- oppressive and hectic
Mojito by the beach
The view from our hotel’s rooftop in Mirissa
Up on the ramparts of the Dutch fort
The whole southern coast is quite scenic and apparently is popular with people learning to surf. Maybe next time.
Glittery holiday decorations everywhere
Not a bad spot to watch the sun set
A mosque that looks like a candy cane
Come on over! Put your rear end in one of these chairs! You know you want to…
Ajith tells us more facts and tidbits
Bombing through the countryside on a local train, doors wide open. You can’t seem my knuckles, but they are WHITE. But I’m smiling.
A few of us napped on the way back to shore after the whales. It was an EARLY morning.
Old church in Galle
Loved these spots along the beach. Happy hour, all the time.
Yes, it’s a million degrees, but it’s also almost Christmas in Colombo!
Whale watching under beautiful blue skies, perfect for spotting blue whales! No pics because they always just look like lumpy black waves.
OK, I admit it. We hit our rice and curry limit and ordered brick oven pizza from this place, which was right across the street from our hotel. It was fantastic and I regret nothing.
Early morning fishing boats
Back to Sri Lanka